Shropshire’s Derwen College is launching a fantastic new initiative, Skills Live @Derwen. The college is running competitions to allow young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to showcase their work skills to a wider audience.
As previous leaders in the field of skills competitions, the Oswestry college is proud to launch this initiative working with national industry partners.
Derwen College opens its first series of Skills Live Competitions with competitions running between 21st-25th October at the college.
The competitions are open to young people aged 16-25 years old with SEND who are currently in mainstream or specialist colleges or schools. Challenges will showcase students’ vocational skills and learning in design, IT, catering, horticulture, hospitality and art. Each event will offer opportunities for people with SEND to demonstrate their work skills in an industry-standard environment, judged by industry experts. Entries will be accepted from students working up to Entry Level 3 qualification.
The Skills Live competitions will build links between specialist and mainstream further education colleges, work-based learning providers and employers. The event promotes independence, professional attitude, Health & Safety skills and ability to follow instructions.
Categories include an IT/design based competition to create a computer-designed pin badge; a catering competition to prepare a two-course meal of pasta dish and cold dessert, a horticulture competition to create a winter planter; and two hospitality table laying competitions. The college is also hosting an art competition with categories in two-dimensional work, three-dimensional, and digital media.
The deadline for competition entries is Friday, 13th September. Art competition deadlines 2nd August. Check Derwen College website for details.
Derwen College Principal Meryl Green said that the college was proud to be launching Skills Live Competitions.
She said: “Derwen Skills Live is an exciting new step in our competition journey and part of our continued efforts to find innovative ways to improve opportunities for students.
“At Derwen, we are privileged to have the facilities and industry connections to run competitions to showcase the work skills demonstrated by students following vocational pathways. Derwen Skills Live brings together students from a variety of schools and colleges to compete in a professional way and demonstrate their learning and employability skills.”